President and Lobbyist of the Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association
She successfully lobbies for OIHFA passing legislation, HB 4060 (2016), SB 1015 (2017) and HB 4089 (2018), protecting Oregon hemp agricultural interests. On behalf of OIHFA Courtney works collaboratively with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Oregon Department of Justice, Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregon State University, and Oregon marijuana advocacy groups to ensure Oregon’s hemp program continues to lead the national industry.
In addition to her work for Oregon, she advocates internationally for hemp law reform. Courtney’s article, Industrial Hemp: Canada Exports, United States Imports was published by the offices of Fordham Environmental Law Review. She participated in the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem in April 2016. In October 2016, Courtney testified before the Senado de la República in Mexico City, Mexico. She authored H 3559 (2017), establishing the South Carolina hemp program. Courtney provided foundational language for SB 119 (2017), establishing the Wisconsin hemp program. Courtney strategically guided drafting SB 6 (2017-2018), establishing the Alaska hemp program. She also provided pivotal strategy in drafting Missouri hemp legislation HB 2034. Courtney worked closely with Senator’s Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on the drafting of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 (S. 2667) and with Senator Merkley (D-OR) on amendments to the Appropriations Acts. Courtney currently serves on the Oregon State Bar Cannabis Law Section Executive Committee, as Second Vice Chair on the national National Cannabis Bar Association Board of Directors and is the national Hemp Industries Association Legislative Review Committee Chairwoman.